Understanding the Monitoring of SDG 4: Targets, Actors, Data and Resources.
SDG Data and Indicators

Understanding the Monitoring of SDG 4: Targets, Actors, Data and Resources.

July 2018

NORRAG recently organised two Brown Bag lunches on 11 and 13 July at the graduate Institute, Geneva “SDG4 Data Week: Understanding the Monitoring of SDG 4: Targets, Actors, Data and Resources”, with the support of the Education Network of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The series aims to provide members of the education community in Geneva and beyond with an opportunity to get familiar with the requirements and frameworks for monitoring SDG 4 targets, whether at the global or local level.

We aim to further disseminate the knowledge and resources shared during the events which was organised for stakeholders in Geneva, including staff at international organizations, NGOs, and individuals engaged in the SDG 4 agenda. 

BBL 1: Geneva launch of UNESCO Institute for Statistics ‘Quick Statistical Guide on SDG 4 Indicators (Recorded on: 11 July 2018)
Friedrich Huebler, UNESCO Institute for Statistics 

This first BBL features the official Geneva launch of the ‘Quick Statistical Guide on SDG 4 Indicators’. It provided with a unique opportunity for International Organizations, NGOs and individuals to engage with the lead organization in charge of developing and disseminating the SDG 4 global monitoring indicators. As co-convener of several key SDG 4 initiatives, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics has been spearheading discussions on the development, validation and implementation of the global and thematic monitoring frameworks for education. This BBL provided an opportunity for Geneva-based and international stakeholders who have not participated in ongoing technical and political dialogues to define the monitoring framework to engage with UIS on the process and use of these technical approaches


BBL 2: Understanding data sources to measure SDG 4: using household surveys to monitor SDG 4 targets (Recorded on 13 July 2018)
Sheena Bell, Education Specialist, UNICEF ECARO

This second BBL in the series introduced the audience to the production of SDG 4 indicators from Household survey (HH) data, with a focus on the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), developed by UNICEF. MICS is a particularly relevant data source for monitoring SDG4, as the latest round (MICS6) includes new education modules and indicators, and will be conducted in 80 developing countries globally. The presentation demonstrated how global standards and international methodologies, building on the discussion in the previous BBL, can be applied to quickly obtain your own custom database and indicators. HHS have emerged as one of the main data sources used to monitor a number of SDG 4 targets as they allow for disaggregation across equity variables and more detailed evaluation of learning outcomes. But working with household surveys can be overwhelming at first due to their complexity. It can be difficult for non-experts to understand how to produce indicators from the raw data, or to extract indicators rapidly from the various existing platforms.

Watch the videos on NORRAG website and download the powerpoint presentations from the event below